Well I'm finally really claiming shoulder length and blew out my hair two weeks ago in order to trim. Since then I've been wearing twist outs and they've been working out, but as usual I'm getting tired of my hair and styling it all the time.
For the last three weeks I haven't used a single bottle of conditioner on my hair after washing. In fact I've only got one bottle left and it's sitting in a duffle bag. Instead of conditioner I've been prepooing with oils and either baggying or steaming for a bit, finger detangling/comb detangling, twisting my hair and then washing. I've had a few rough detangling sessions (I wore small twists with a braided root for a week...terrible take down). I've gotten back into strictly finger detanlging and the key I've found it to keep my hair stretched and finger detangle every few days instead of once a week since my hair sheds a ridiculous amount.
I'm going to continue to wear my twist outs until the end of the year but the first weekend in January I plan on putting in yarn braids and leaving them in 4-6 six weeks. I'm going to try to protective style for the next six months with this style and see how my hair fairs. I plan on taking two week breaks in between sessions. If my hair thrives, I may push this challege to a year. As many of you know I'm trying to grow my hair longer for my wedding in May of 2014.
My hair currently measure 5.5 inches in the very back, six inches on the sides, 7.5ish inches at the crown, and 6.5 inches in the front. If my yarn braids/protective style (if yarn braids fail me I'll switch to bunning five days a week) I should reach APL by the end of next year (more if I'm lucky). If I'm really really lucky, I'll reach BSL by the time the wedding rolls around, but seriously I'll be happy with APL. If I make that goal I'll let you guys know what I'm thinking about for wedding hairstyles.
To help me with my growth I'm upping my water intake, stopping viviscal and switching to Priveta for three months to six months (just to see how it work). I also got a sulfur based castor oil mix to apply to my scalp three times a week. I've been cleansing with my mud wash, but once in the yarn braids I'm going to switch to using my newest Bobeams bar. I also plan on working out more consistently to help with the hair growth by running on MWF and doing my Jillian Michaels TTH and maybe Saturday. Since I'll be working out consistently, I will continue with washing my hair once a week. I'm also challenging myself to steam once a week, even in braids, with coconut or olive oil.
I'll keep you all updated with my progress but not very often. I'll come on here and post shots of my hair and how my hair is fairing only after I remove a set of yarn braids for my two week break period. For pictures of how I style my hair, my instagram is asvillafana.
Other than that my hair has been feeling pretty good. It's shedding more than I would like, so I might try taking garlic supplements again but we'll see. Here's to great growth in 2013!
Hair shots before I put in the yarn braids.